The aim of the event was to honor and show appreciation to the veterans who have sacrificed for the freedoms of our nation.
Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior army instructor, said the event is unique as the cadets in the JROTC program do the majority of the planning and carrying out of the event.
Adriana Aleman, executive officer in JROTC and Pvt. in the U.S. Army National Guard, was the guest speaker.
Aleman said she feels thankful and appreciative for veterans and felt the pride the veterans had for the ceremony. She said she felt this pride as veterans teared up during the playing of “America the Beautiful” and listened intently as she spoke.
Thomas Schenck, battalion commander in JROTC, spoke of the many life lessons learned in the program. Schenck, who holds the highest position, said he has grown especially in leadership.
Schenck plans on either attending a college with a ROTC program or attending a military academy.
“I never knew how important veterans were to us until I joined JROTC my freshman year,” he said.